International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation

International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation

Supporting East Africa’s bamboo sector

Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda

A woman in Kenya carries freshly harvested bamboo.


Dutch-Sino-East Africa Bamboo Development Programme: Phase II

East African countries have abundant bamboo resources, but the plant’s full potential for poverty alleviation, job creation and environmental protection has not been fully realised. Running from 2020 to 2023, Phase II of the Dutch-Sino-East Africa Bamboo Development Programme is working to transfer knowledge, technologies and policy experiences from Europe and Asia to help develop the bamboo sector in Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda, to make it organised, efficient, vibrant and visible. The Dutch-Sino-East Africa Programme builds on the first phase of the project, which ran from 2016 to 2019.

Project objectives

The specific objectives of the programme are to:

  • Create sustainable and lucrative bamboo value chains for industry and small-to-medium enterprises, by upscaling existing value chains and diversifying into new ones.
  • Restore and sustainably manage bamboo resources, so that they contribute to decreased deforestation, enhanced carbon sinks, and increased climate resilience for ecosystems and livelihoods.
  • Improve the business environment, market development, policy and regulatory frameworks for bamboo, to increase public awareness and private sector investment.

The Programme is expected to provide direct benefits to some 28,500 people, as well as restoring 5000 hectares of degraded land with bamboo and enhancing sustainable management practices for 5000 hectares of bamboo plantations and farms. The target groups are smallholder farmers, women, youth, small-to-medium enterprises and larger industries.

Project outcomes
Contact details

For more information about the project, please contact:

  • Selim Reza, Programme Manager, selim [at] inbar [dot] int, Ethiopia
  • Fiker Assefa Tareke, National Project Coordinator, fatareke [at] inbar [dot] int, Ethiopia
  • Nellie Caroline Mugure Oduor, National Project Coordinator, ncmoduor [at] inbar [dot] int, Kenya
  • Michael Malinga: National Project Coordinator, mmalinga [at] inbar [dot] int, Uganda

Project resources

Dutch-Sino East Africa Development Programme Phase II - Brochure

This brochure introduces the second phase of the Dutch-Sino East Africa Devel...

Properties of East African Bamboo

East Africa has abundant bamboo resources. Understanding the physical and mec...